"Simply great essays by talented writers" –Library Journal

Summer 2018

Issue #67, Starting Over

Creative Nonfiction #67, “Starting Over,” is dedicated to the proposition that we are all—always—works in progress. In nine new essays, writers come to terms with fate, test the limits of resilience, flirt with disaster, fall down, and get back up again … like it or not.

Plus, encouraging vulnerability in the creative writing classroom; Patricia Hampl explores the “essay mind”; coming to terms with chronic illness; tiny truths; and more.

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What's the Story #67 Lee Gutkind

"We are all—always—works in progress." read more

Daydream Believer Heidi McKinley

Patricia Hampl has not lost her sense of wonder read more

Online Reading

The Braided Essay as Social Justice Action

Nicole Walker

The braided essay may be the perfect form for our times more

Something Like Vertigo

Elizabeth Rush

A father's loss of balance destabilizes a whole family more


Show Me All Your Scars

Edited by Lee Gutkind

Addressing bipolar disorder, OCD, trichotillomania, self-harm, PTSD, and other diagnoses, these original true stories vividly depict the difficulties and sorrows--and sometimes, too, the unexpected and surprising rewards--of living with mental illness. more


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SUMMER COURSES START JUNE 25, 2018 and include classes on Digital Storytelling, Experimental Forms, Flash Memoir, Historical Narratives, Science Writing, The Revision Workshop, Writing Chronic Illness & Disability, and more.  more




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